Covid-19 or Common Cold? How to Pinpoint Symptoms This Christmas

In previous years, in many countries, there were laws, policies and guidelines around what to do if you were ill (although these were at times conflicting and confusing). This year, it's pretty much down to personal responsibility and "common sense".

There is still Covid-19-related guidance out there, for example from the World Health Organization. Yet the challenge is knowing if you have Covid-19 in the first place.

Part of the problem is how many Covid-19 symptoms are common to other respiratory illnesses. The symptoms of newer Covid-19 variants are no longer as distinctive as they were with the original strain (for example, a "continuous cough" or a loss of taste or smell).

The most common Covid-19 symptoms now include a sore throat, runny or blocked nose, and a cough without phlegm. These are also common cold and flu symptoms.

In short, if in doubt, buy a Covid-19 test. Admittedly, this is easier said than done during a cost of living crisis. Testing is the only way to know for sure if your cough or sneeze is due to Covid-19, writes Simon Nicholas Williams for The Conversation.

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